August 2014


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How to get all the mood-boosting benefits of an awesome getaway—minus the huge price tag

Need a happiness boost? Get out of town! No, seriously. The further you are from home, the happier your tweets tend to be, according to a new study from the University of Vermont.

To read the full article The Random Thing That Boosts Your Happiness, click here.

vitDkirk110x170.jpgWomen who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

To read the full article Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Uterine Fibroids, click here.

stomach-pain170x136.jpgWomen who have been abused and who experience strong mood changes in tandem with their menstrual cycle also feel pain more acutely than other women, according to new research.

To read the full article Some Women Feel More Pain, click here.

chocolate-DM146x170.jpgCraving chocolate, but not sure if you should indulge? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it’s OK to give into temptation every once in a while even if you are diabetic. Consider these healthier ways to satisfy your taste for this treat without sabotaging your blood sugar control.

To read the full article Chocolate and Diabetes, click here.

marinol170x160.jpgA pill form of marijuana may work just as well to relieve pain as the smoked form, but with fewer side effects, new research suggests.

In the study, people who either smoked marijuana or took the drug dronabinol — a pill that contains the active ingredient of marijuana — were able to hold their hands in a bath of ice water (showing that they could tolerate the pain of the cold temperature) for longer than participants who took a placebo.

To read the full article Marijuana Pill May Be Better for Pain, click here.

dental170x160Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss

Val Crosby has been unable to kiss her husband for a year. A degenerative disease has rotted her teeth down to the gums, and they cannot afford dental care in their isolated pocket of Tennessee.

To read the full story Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss, click here.

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Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits


If you're a runner, a new study suggests you may be able to slow down and still gain the same health benefits.

A study of almost 50,000 Americans finds brisk walking can be just as effective at reducing heart health risks like high blood pressure and cholesterol as going on a full-speed run.

To read the full story Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits, click here.

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Lead Poisoning Rates Rise in U.S. After CDC Lowers Blood Cutoff

More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday.

The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.

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Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims

Many Foods Are Pitched as Being Healing. It Might Be Best to Focus on Healthful Food, and Start with Real Food.

What's a healthful food and what's a healing food? Is there a difference? At least since the mid-19th century, when the Battle Creek Sanitarium opened its doors and people flocked there to follow John Harvey Kellogg's regime of whole grains, nuts and frequent enemas, many Americans have sought food as medicine.


To read the full story Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims, click here.

whole-graincereals130x170Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best

"Whole grain" has become a healthy eating buzz phrase, and food companies aren't shy about using it to entice us to buy products. Browse the bread, cereal or chip aisles of your favorite grocery store, and you'll see the upsell.


To read the full story Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best, click here.